Remembering Baltimore Investor Greg Barnhill

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Courtesy of Citybizlist – Brown Advisory partner and citybizlist board member and investor, Gregory Barnhill, died Friday, September 14.  I’ve spent the weekend mourning the devastating loss of my friend, and the loss felt by his family, Baltimore, the angel community, entrepreneurs, Brown Advisory and all of the individuals, companies and institutions he touched.

Greg was an angel investor extraordinaire, entrepreneur’s co-pilot, legendary investor, all-weather friend and business colleague.  His love of people was equaled by his love of entrepreneurs and game changing companies.  His panoramic investments ranged from publishing companies such as Agora Financial, to biotechnology companies Pure Bioscience and Osiris Therapeutics, to digital media companies such as Bizbrag and citybizlist.

My personal history with Greg started in my analog life at The Daily Record when I remember him as friendly, personable and great fun.  When Greg joined the board of citybizlist, I grew to have a deep appreciation for his intellect, advice, intuition, perseverance and spirit. He was exactly what every entrepreneur needs and wants: he understood that pivots, pirouettes and business iterations are the DNA of game changing businesses.

There are a couple of anecdotes about Greg that I would like to share.

Osiris Therapeutics: On May 17th of this year, I was flying to San Francisco and had a layover in Denver.  Arriving at the airport, I had two voicemail messages from Greg. “Please call me immediately.  It is very important.”  I reached Greg – “Edwin, Osiris Therapeutics has received regulatory approval for its stem cell therapy!” Greg wanted to make sure that citybizlist had the story on our web site. Osiris was founded in 1992; it took 20 years to get this approval. Greg was an early investor in Osiris. What vision, what patience, what thoughtful investing.

Read the rest of Remembering Greg Barnhill at Citybizlist

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  1. Greg touched the lives of many here in Baltimore and will be sorely missed. His philanthropical interests surpassed those of anyone else I know of personally in the area.

  2. I am extremely sad to hear the news that Greg Barnhill passed away. Those of us, like me, who only knew him through his tireless philanthropic support in the Baltimore community, know that we lost a giant. My condolences to his family and friends.

    Most Sincerely,
    Rita

  3. Truly one of the kindest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Baltimore has lost one of the really good ones. A tragic and painful loss for his family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with Lisa and Scotty.

  4. What a terrible loss for Baltimore–Greg was one of the most generous and kind people I have ever met, and his legacy will go on for decades. We will all keep his family in our prayers.

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